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12 Parenting Time and Visitation Schedules

Use These Sample Parenting Time Calendars to Create Your Own Schedule

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Choosing a parenting time and visitation schedule that works for you, your children, and your ex, is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a single parent. Whether you're drafting an initial parenting plan, or you're trying to make sense of the schedule presented to you by the court, the sample calendars shown below will help you better understand your parenting time options.

Each scenario displayed includes alternating weekend visits, with the option to add an extra night to the weekend, an additional mid-week evening visit, or a bonus overnight to the schedule. Click on any of the calendars you see here to make them larger.

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1. Alternating Weekends

Calendar showing an alternating weekends custody schedule.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011

With this schedule, the kids reside with the custodial parent and spend alternating weekends with the non-custodial parent. In the example shown here, weekend visits begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

2. Alternating Weekends With an Evening Mid-Week Visit

Parenting time calendar that includes alternating weekends with a mid-week visit.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011
The children reside with custodial parent and spend one evening per week with the non-custodial parent, in addition to alternating weekends. For example, the children would visit with the non-custodial parent every Wednesday night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and again on alternating weekends from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

3. Alternating Extended Weekends

Parenting time calendar showing alternating weekend visits.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011
This sample parenting time schedule resembles the alternating weekends plan, but extends through Monday. In this case, alternating weekend visits would begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and end at 6:00 p.m. on Monday.

4. Alternating Extended Weekends With an Evening Mid-Week Visit

Parenting time calendar showing alternating extended weekends with one additional mid-week visit.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011
The children would reside primarily with the custodial parent, while visiting with the non-custodial parent evening a week, and every other weekend (from Friday to Monday). For example, visits would take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday and every other weekend from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Monday.

5. Alternating Weekends With One Mid-Week Overnight

Parenting time calendar that includes alternating weekends with a mid-week overnight.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011
The children reside with the custodial parent most of the time, with overnight visits with non-custodial parent one night during the week and every other weekend. In this case, parents must factor in the children's school routine when deciding when the mid-week visit will begin and end. For example, the children might be picked up at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday (as shown here) and delivered to school on Thursday mornings. Or, in the case of young children, the non-custodial parent might pick them up at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday and return them at 9:00 a.m. Thursday. In addition, the children would enjoy overnight visits on alternating weekends from 6:00 p.m. Friday – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

6. Alternating Extended Weekends With One Mid-Week Overnight

Parenting time calendar with alternating extended weekends with one additional mid-week overnight.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011
This schedule would be the same as the one outlined above, but the alternating weekends would extend through 6:00 p.m. on Monday.

7. 1st, 3rd, and Alternating 5th Weekends

This parenting time schedule shows first, third, and alternating fifth weekends.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011
While alternating weekends has become a popular choice, keeping track of whether you'll have the kids on a weekend that's three months away can get tricky. Implementing a first, third, and alternating fifth weekends schedule resolves this issue. It's similar to alternating weekends, but allows families to more easily plan ahead, since each parent will know which weekends they have the children without having to count ahead every other weekend on a calendar. However, the one drawback is there are only a few months a year that actually have five weekends. In the example shown here, visits would take place from 6:00 p.m. Friday – 6:00 p.m. Sunday on the designated weekends.

8. 1st, 3rd, and Alternating 5th Weekends With One Mid-Week Visit

This parenting time schedule includes 1st, 3rd, and alternating 5th weekends with a mid-week visit.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011
Visits last from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. one night per week, in addition to 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Sunday on designated weekends.

9. 1st, 3rd, and Alternating 5th Weekends With One Mid-Week Overnight

First, third, and alternating fifth weekend visitation schedule, with one mid-week overnight.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011

Visits are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Sunday on designated weekends, with one mid-week overnight included.

10. Extended 1st, 3rd, and 5th Weekends

Schedule showing visits every first, third, and fifth weekend of the month.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011
This schedule allows visits to take place every first, third, and fifth weekend of the month from Friday evening through Monday morning.

11. Extended 1st, 3rd, and 5th Weekends With a Mid-Week Visit

Calendar shows visits on the first, third, and fifth weekends of the month, with one mid-week visit.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011
Using the schedule shown here, the children would enjoy extended visits every first, third, and fifth weekend of the month, with one mid-week evening visit taking place each week.

12. Extended 1st, 3rd, and 5th Weekends With a Mid-Week Overnight

Calednarfirst, third, and fifth weekends of the month, with one mid-week overnight.
© Jennifer Wolf, 2011
With this routine, the children visit every first, third, and fifth weekend of the month, along with one mid-week overnight. As you can see from the calendar, this schedule allows the children to enjoy significant chunks of parenting time with both parents.

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